I must admit, my first reaction when she shared with me that she was feeling needy was twofold - first, that she was once again being dramatic and second, defensive that I've not spent enough time with her. As a working parent of three children, I often feel like I'm stretched incredibly thin, and am doing the best I possibly can for everyone. And to hear her tell me that she was feeling sad and lonely felt like a kick in my gut.
So to remedy the situation, Deonne and I looked through our uber-busy calendar to find a night when I could take her out - just the girls. Through a weird series of events, it turned out great. I ended up leaving work early yesterday (and am not thinking about the pile of unaccomplished tasks awaiting me on my desk), picked her up at school (a surprise in and of itself as she is usually picked up on Thursday by my dear friend Nici who takes her to tap class) shuttled her to tap, then took her shopping to pick out her Daddy's Christmas gift.
We had a quiet dinner together at T.G.I.Fridays (not my first choice but it was an actual sit-down restaurant located in the mall we were at) and followed it up with the biggest hit of the night - seeing Tangled together.
|Talking to her Daddy before dinner arrived - geesh - she looks like a teenager!|
|This child is not excited to see Tangled at all!|
|I look like one tired-droopy mommy. I didn't want to post this picture - because I look so awful - but did anyway. Someday I'll look back on this and say 'who cares', right?|